Mondo Media may be expanding their brand into the kid-friendly market, but that doesn’t mean they’re neglecting their adult-oriented successes. The YouTube-based multi-channel network has announced that they will produce three feature films based on three existing properties: Happy Tree Friends, Dick Figures and Deep Space 69.
First to hit theaters will be Happy Tree Friends either in late-2015 or early 2016, followed by Dick Figures 2, the sequel to their original Dick Figures feature, which was crowdfunded on Kickstarter last year and released on YouTube in twelve installments. The release dates will be staggered three to six months apart with Deep Space 69 released last.
Bill Schultz of Home Plate Entertainment, who has produced many shows including King of the Hill and multiple seasons of The Simpsons, has been enlisted to executive produce the movies. “The overall look and feel will be beefed up,” Schultz told StreamDaily. “We want to offer a viewing experience that will be worth going to the theaters, but also enjoyable throughout the value chain of distribution.”
A budget of $10 million (it’s unclear whether that is per-film or the combined total for all three) will go toward improving the animation quality as well as acquiring “star voice talent” and adding more music. The films will be financed by Mondo with additional funding from theatrical pre-sales and distribution partners. No specific details on the distribution of the films have been made available at this time.